Cannabis Club Guide - Page 9

Cannabis Issue: Testing the tokes at Bay Area dispensaries


After initially being told by a disembodied voice to come back in five minutes, I submitted my doctor's recommendation and ID into the slot of a teller's window, darkened to hide whoever I was dealing with. Quickly approved, I was buzzed into a small, strange room with three doors.

I paused, confused, until the disembodied voice again told me, "Keep going," and I was buzzed through another door into a hallway that led to a large room, its walls completely covered in brilliant murals, expertly painted in hip-hop style. Along the front walls, a lighted menu broke down the prices of about 20 cannabis varieties.

Then finally, I saw people: two impossibly hot, young female employees, lounging nonchalantly in their weed box, like strippers waiting to start their routines. The only other customer, a young B-boy, chatted them up though the glass, seemingly more interested in these striking women than their products.

I finally decided to go with the special, an ounce of Fever, normally $17, for just $10. I opened a small door in the glass, set down my cash, and watched the tall, milk chocolate-skinned beauty trade my money for Fever, leaving me feeling flushed. It was the best dime-bag I ever bought.

Prepackaged buds

Price: Moderate, with cheap specials

Selection: High

Ambiance: Hip hop strip club

Smoke On Site: No

Sketch factor: High

Access/Security: High security but low scrutiny



Bernal Collective (33 29th St. at Mission) seemed both more casual and more strict than any of the other clubs in town — and it also turned out to be one of my favorites.

After refusing to buy pot for a guy out front who had just been turned away, I entered the club and faced more scrutiny than I had at any other club. It was the only club to ask for my doctor's license number and my referral number, and when I tried to check an incoming text message, I was told cell phone use wasn't allowed for "security reasons." On the wall, they had a blown-up copy of their 2007 legal notice announcing their opening.

But beyond this by-the-book façade, this club proved warm and welcoming, like a comfortable clubhouse. People can smoke on site, and there's even a daily happy hour from 4:20–5:20 p.m., with $1 off joints and edibles, both in abundant supply. Normal-sized prerolled joints are $5, but they also offer a massive bomber joint with a full eighth of weed for $50.

The staff of a half-dozen young men were knowledgeable about the 20 varieties they had on hand and offered excellent customer service, even washing down the bong with an alcohol-wipe before letting a customer take a rip from the XXX, a strong, sticky bud that was just $15 for a gram.

Buds weighed at purchase

Open for: six years

Price: Fairly low

Selection: High

Ambiance: A clubhouse for young stoners

Smoke On Site: Yes

Sketch factor: Low

Access/Security: Fairly tight



This longtime club (502 14th St.) has had its ups and downs, the downs coming mostly because of its location on a fairly residential block. After taking complaints from neighbors, the city required Love Shack to cap its membership, although that seems to be changing because the club let me in, albeit with a warning that next time I would need to have a state ID card. It was the only club I visited to have such a requirement.


Great description of each club. My top three in no particular order
Hopenet-amazing hash
Green Door- great bud
Vapor Room-cool atmosphere.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

As the creator of this guide, I'd like to clarify that I did not update last year's reviews. But I am willing to do so for any clubs that request it by writing to me at Also, we will periodically be adding new clubs to the guide and possibly even including a gauge of bud quality, for which I'm currently working on developing a methodology. So bookmark this page and check back later.
Steven T. Jones
SFBG City Editor

Posted by steven on Jan. 27, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

To Steve,
If you are invited to review clubs and products in said clubs AND need a wingman, just let me know. I'm down to sample.


Posted by Paulsey on Feb. 10, 2011 @ 5:55 am

Sparc is cool but i must point out that cheaper price's, equals less quality in the strain!

But don't get me wrong it's a great place! A bit to focused on it's image..
When it comes down to have been movement leaders for many years ,

"HELLO"! Hands down The Vapor Room!!
There would not be half as many collectives, here or anywhere if it wasn't for those guys!!
At times the staff seem a bit snippy, but tell me what service industry employee has never been pushed to that point on occasion? NoNe........
They care!
They're involved in City Hall decision making.
They give and help in neighborhood bettering , and they are liked in there Lower Haight Community if not Loved!!!!!!!!!!! ....VR....

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2011 @ 12:20 am

I totally ran in here by accident, but it's funny because when I was in San Fran I got a card and went to Green Door. It's the only dispensary I've been to but I thought it was awesome. I bought an ash tray.

Posted by gary on Jan. 15, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

haha, i was with my buddy in san francisco and we went to the green door. it's the only time i've been to a dispensary (being from canada), but i thought it was really cool and so forward thinking compared to us. i didn't buy anything, but was almost going to buy the pre-rolled j's for 5$, can't really beat that when you're on vacation!

Posted by 420 on Jan. 15, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

Why trying this, when you can relax yourself by having a beer with your friends?

Posted by Find a tradesman on Jan. 16, 2012 @ 4:42 am

Cannabis is sometimes safer than other 'regular' things, such as alcohol!

Posted by Demolition on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

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